Use your scrap clay challenge - Swan design - Video polymer clay tutorial

Hello dear friends,

here`s another tutorial to inspire you to use up your scrap clay and in the same time make something beautiful.

In this tutorial I`m using the scrap clay as a filler, but I decided not to cover the edges of the piece so you`ll be able to see the color of the scrap clay. I personally like this ice cream sandwich look of the piece.

In case you don`t like this effect, you can make a border for your piece using a thin sheet of black polymer clay and liquid polymer clay and you`ll have to bake your polymer clay piece again for 20 minutes this time.

I love working with nail art foils and I love the glass-like effect that you get, especially if you apply Diamond Glaze, resin or Triple Thick Varnish on top of the piece.

Even though I love using nail art foils in my work, I would have liked to have more control over the process. You can use Renaissance adhesive, Weldbond or SuperGlue to glue to foils to the polymer clay, but it`s not easy to create a clearly contoured pattern.

But there is a solution for this: using an ink pen and sticky embossing powder. And now it`s up to you if you`d like to make a simple drawing or doodle on top of the clay or draw simple lines, circles, hearts, you get the idea.

You could test stamps, an ink pad, sticky embossing powder and nail art foils as well, to see the effect you can get.

In this tutorial I used a swan silhouette that you can download from This SVG image is free for personal and commercial use.

As always, I hope you’ll like the tutorial and get inspired to create and use up your scrap clay in the process.

Happy claying!




  1. I do enjoy watching and listening to your tutorials, Mihaela; they are so creative; the end result always lovely…
    Do have a wonderful day, Dear Mihaela.
    Sending Love… 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, my dear Carolyn! It’s such a joy to know this! I’m very lucky for having the opportunity to do what I love to do and the fact that I know that my work is appreciated is such a plus! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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